Every year, I try to set aside some time for reflection to celebrate my successes, and to acknowledge the things that didn’t go as well, and why. Self exploration has always been an important part of who I am, and how I approach my business and personal life. Reflection is an act of self-care. It gives me a chance to feel really amazing about the ways I have succeeded and moved forward, but also to examine the ways I might have acted differently. An important part of these reflections involve thinking about where I want to go in the future – aka writing out my new year’s resolutions.
2017 was go-go-go to the very last minute. In that way, it taught me about the importance of being present. It’s been a challenge. I’ve been wanting to incorporate a meditation practice into my routine all year, but struggled to find the time to sit and practice the way I wanted to. After my last big show in Seattle, I changed that narrative; found myself a private space and meditated in a way that I haven’t in a long time. It felt great. I plan to bring that practice into 2018.
I’ve dedicated the next several weeks to down time, fun, and even more reflection. I’m currently in New Zealand with Chris, visiting some friends. After that I’ll be off to Toronto for a whole sale show, and then New York City for work and play. A big resolution for the coming year is balance.
But I also want to continue to challenge myself. This year I’d like to grow my online presence, and stretch my comfort zone when it comes to doing markets -- applying to be a vendor at shows outside my hometown. I’m excited to design some new pieces, and to share my work with a wider audience.
I feel as though I’ve been blessed to have this opportunity to design jewelry and to work with women artisans from around the world. Above all, I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude.
Thank you to everyone who made 2017 so spectacular, and cheers to this new beginning.
For my very first backpacking trip, I connected with a good friend (and seasoned traveller) to explore Colombia. I was in University at the time, getting my degree in Biology. I hadn’t even started to consider a career as a jewelry designer, although looking back… I think this experience may have ignited a flame.